2019 MAC Football Boilerplate on the Hourglass - records, projections and more
“Maction” - everybody knows what that means that follows college football and while the MAC may not be a glamour conference, it is without a doubt a fun conference to follow and it always gives us great mid week ball games throughout the year that are highly entertaining. Not to mention, you can always find future NFL players laced within the mid west conference.
This years MAC should again be a fun league to follow and this year is the year of the Ohio Bobcats.
Toledo again leads our power rankings, but Ohio is the team to beat based on our numbers. Last year was the year of Buffalo, and while the Blue Horns look to maintain, they should take a major step back with losses on both sides of the ball. Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois will be tough outs every week on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
From a talent stand point in the conference, nobody has done as well as Toledo and Western Michigan from a recruiting standpoint. Both teams should be at the tops of the league annually based on roster talent - but, quarterback play and coaching are as paramount in this league as any. We have seen a team like Buffalo take a Tyree Jackson and a great coaching staff and dominate the conference.
Speaking of quarterbacks - This is where the rubber meets the road this year as Ohio’s Nathan Rourke is the class of the MAC and could play his way onto an NFL roster in the future. Bowling Green’s Jarret Doege and Jon Wassink of Western Michigan should put up big numbers this year. Wassink is coming off a foot surgery, but by all accounts should be full go come kickoff. And - Eli Peters of Toledo could be the next big thing for the Rockets.
When it comes to coaching in this league, the league has some really good coaches and some that could eventually find their way onto a Power Five job.
Frank Solich has put together a fantastic club at Ohio and this year should be the year he reaps the reward shall we say for the big green. Jason Candle at Toledo has kept the Rockets above the Frey and Lance Leipold can show he belongs not only in the MAC, but possibly an even bigger job if he can keep Buffalo relevant in 2019.
Jim McElwain is back as a head coach, this time at Central Michigan and this is a make or break year for Chuck Martin at Miami of Ohio.
Again - don’t sleep on “maction” as it should be a fun year in the hit the gas league as we have Ohio dominating in 2019.
Editors Note: all photos courtesy of 247sports.com